US HarperCollins (2010, 248 pages)
UK Constable & Robinson
First published in 1989 Crazy Heart was republished in 2010 in conjunction with the Oscar nominated film based on it.
At the age of fifty-seven, Bad Blake is on his last legs. His weight, his ticker, his liver, even his pick-up truck are all giving him trouble. A renowned songwriter and "picker" who hasn't recorded in five years, Bad now travels the countryside on gigs that take him mostly to motels and bowling alleys. Enter Ms. Right. Can Bad stop living the life of a country-western song and tie a rope around his crazy heart?