It often takes a major event to make an otherwise placid individual disrupt the normal running of life, but, like Mauritius itself, a country in the track of storm weather, the effects of a cyclone, or in Dev's case, an injustice, although potentially destructive, can lead to a change for the better. Dev, the owner of a new shop - The Shop - a successful and well-read man, harbours deep feelings about a wrong that has occurred in the past. With news of a cyclone heading his way he hatches an audacious plan to take revenge, or, more precisely, to teach a lesson to those responsible. In what may be described as a moral story, Ramesh Jeewoolall spins a tale of a good man driven to extreme measures. The Passing Away of a Gentleman is an excellent read for those who enjoy intelligent crime.