Thomas Cobb's marvelous first novel doesn't just play on your heartstrings, it breaks them.
[Cobb's] picture of the scraggly underside of Western music is brutally convincing.
A measure of Thomas Cobb's talent is that he can make Bad Blake's story amusing even as we watch him fall. Bad is entirely sympathetic, and this crazy heart is vivid; the milieu is as resonant as a steel guitar, and the plot moves along without skipping a beat.
Crazy Heart is a beautiful book ... Bad Blake is a man you will not soon forget.
Thomas Cobb has written a bitter, witty psychological profile of an aging genius that is also a wonderful celebration of country music. Bad Blake lives at the poor end of the rainbow, but you'll never forget him. Crazy Heart is a splendid achievement.
In producing as nearly a masterpiece as the subject has yet attracted ... Cobb has created an unforgettable character who engages not only your interest but your emotion and who proceeds to take you on a roller-coaster ride through his tawdrily tumultuous life.