The Lost Van Gogh is a first novel by a husband and wife team. It is primarily a thriller, but has more to offer than a fast moving plot with an outcome that affects more than a handful of people. The story that is the main thrust of the book is one occurring in the present day, but its roots are directly linked to people and events that happened during World War II. This concept is a refreshing change from the recently popular plot device of telling two stories simultaneously, one that is current and one that is happening at some time in the past. Unfortunately, the sequence of events happening in the present sometimes changes from three months ago to present day to a year or two ago without a clear transition. The reader has to be paying close attention to keep the chronological order straight.