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Definitely published no later than 1974, set in the future on Earth.

I only remember the final scene. A man visits his ex-wife, an official state-registered prostitute whom anyone can legally use. I remember a sentence, "you would never have guessed she was thirty".

After seeing her he's trapped in a room or cell and a starving mob is outside and he's literally ripped to pieces as he tries to escape. It's written in the third person.

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    HI there. That's some info already, but please take a look at these guidelines on story-ID, see if they trigger any more memories you could edit in. As for the mail - that's not really the way things are done here, answers will be posted as answers... But we do have some prominent story-ID answerers, so make sure to keep an eye on that question! :) – Jenayah Mar 30 at 23:04
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  • God! I remember that question over in Chronicles, I actually spent over five hours one sleepless night scrolling through old SF book sites until I finally identified it!..... The compulsion really takes over sometimes – DannyMcG Jun 24 at 5:12
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    @DannyMcG, no reason you can't submit a more comprehensive answer here, too. I just didn't want to leave this one in the unanswered queue. – Otis Jun 25 at 1:32
  • Nah, it's okay, there's enough detail already here to clearly identify the book – DannyMcG Jun 25 at 4:08
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Per the thread cited by Valorum above in a comment, this story was identified as Waters of Death (1967) by Irving A. Greenfield.

An online review notes some of the same details as mentioned by the OP:

There isn’t even any regret on Wilde’s part when his wife announces she’s to become a government whore of sorts at the local “sex center”...

and

...[T]he rioters, now that the sea crops have all been destroyed, have turned to cannibalism, and Wilde, thinking he’s being freed from prison by a group of rioters, discovers instead that they’ve come here to eat him.

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