The Good Humor Man

by Andrew Fox

In this satiric romp inspired by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 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.

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.

Can Elvis save the world sixty-four years after his death?

Reviews

“Fox unveils more all-too-plausible bits of the future and has us laughing to keep from crying.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“Fox [also] tackles the SF thriller mode with panache. Can Elvis’s belly fat save the world? Read it and see!”

Locus

“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.”

io9.com

“THE GOOD HUMOR MAN is an amazing novel that tackles serious issues like obesity, nutrition, genetically engineered food, the agricultural business, body image and many, many other important topics in a very entertaining, darkly humorous way.”

Fatally Yours

“Adventure always popped up when it was needed most, so in retrospect, it was more awesome than not. It was one of those incredibly quick and fun […] Simple (yet complicated) and fun (yet disturbing). I liked it.”

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