Anybody know what the significance is (if any) of the hearts that are used in between every paragraph of Joyland? Is this a Hard Case Crime thing? If not, why are they there? I can't recall King ever using them before. Maybe they are meant to convey a message of "this book has heart", to reinforce the idea that the book is not what you are expecting (i.e. a hard-boiled thriller, or something similar). Or maybe there is some really deep, but subtle, tie-in to Hearts in Atlantis??
The first thing my wife said when she read the book was, "What's the deal with the hearts?" I had no answer.