The need for speed: why is there such an obsession with having things happen so fast in Rohmer world? Harris of the CIBC has a jet ready to go at a moment's notice if Paul James needs him for backup; the bankers fly off to see Citicorp and BankAmerica in LA and NYC as soon as the deal is done and essentially barge into the US offices to announce the takeover; The President and PM meet in Bermuda in a rendezvous arranged so quickly the Canadians don't even bring their team. People are always flying to make deadlines, rushing at breakneck speed across the globe to get things done. I know it must have seemed amazing to live in a world where air travel made this all possible, but there is a tinge of artifice to the urgency - all of it seems contrived to get pull quotes about how the story is so "fast-paced". Maybe after 9 novels I don't want to hear anymore about how tired people get from jetting about so.
And (Spoiler Alert) has there been a more downer ending to a Rohmer novel? Canada's economy is in shambles, hundreds of thousands are out of work, rioting is happening in the streets, Canada is out of NATO and NORAD had a 1300-mile gap in it. But at last Paul James and Sam get to frolic on a beach in the Barbados and forget about all that nastiness in the North and Potts has a great story to tell at the pub.
I want a whole book featuring Potts.