“THE GOOD HUMOR MAN is an intensely interesting, wild ride through a wickedly accurate depiction of the American psyche…a witty, incisive satire all on its own. By turns heartbreaking and mesmerizingly grotesque, The Good Humor Man is well worth the read.”
In this satiric romp inspired by Ray Bradbury’s
451, set in 2041, government-sanctioned vigilantes—the Good Humor Men—ruthlessly patrol the streets, immolating all fattening food products as illegal contraband. A pound of real chocolate is worth more on the black market than a kilo of cocaine. Evil “nutraceutical” company MannaSantos controls the food market with genetically modified products, such as “Leanie Lean” meats. But the craze for svelte healthfulness has reached a critical turning point, as a mysterious wasting plague threatens to starve all of humanity.
“Fox unveils more all-too-plausible bits of the future and has us laughing to keep from crying.”
A lone ex-plastic surgeon and founding Good Humor Man, whose father performed a secret liposuction surgery on Elvis Presley, holds the key to humanity’s future. In a mad dash to retrieve his family heirloom—the mortal remains of the King’s belly fat—Dr. Louis Shmalzberg becomes entangled with a civil servant of questionable motives, an acquisitive assassin from a wealthy Caliphate, a power-mad preacher evangelizing anorexia, a beautiful young woman addicted to liposuction, and a homicidal clone from a MannaSantos experiment gone terribly wrong.
GOOD HUMOR MAN is hilarious, trenchant, important, and the story of
Dr. Louis Schmalzberg’s search for the jar of liposuctioned Elvis
fat that may save America is impossible to put down. Andrew Fox
writes like a combination of Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, and Molly
Can Elvis save the world sixty-four years after his death?
“A Fahrenheit 451 for the post-millennium, told with Fox’s magnificent evocation of place and twisted humor. Wonderful!”
—Kage Baker, author of The Company of Thieves
“…keeps the pages turning…. I’d suggest playing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and grabbing a bag of chips for ambiance.”
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Cover by Ann Monn