The Lazarus Files: Press / Reviews

Dateline NBC: "Detective Story"

November 22, 2019

Dateline revisited the Sherri Rasmussen case and interviewed me about THE LAZARUS FILES in a 2-hour special report.

Premiered on NBC on November 22, 2019.

To watch the full episode, click here.

FOX 11 Los Angeles News In Depth: "The Lazarus Files"

August 25, 2019

FOX 11 “News In Depth” host Hal Eisner interviews Matthew McGough and LAPD Detective Marc Martinez about The Lazarus Files and the murder of Sherri Rasmussen.

The Oprah Magazine: "20 Best True Crime Books That'll Make You Want to Sleep With the Lights On"

July 25, 2019

Thanks to the Oprah Magazine for including The Lazarus Files in this illustrious list of true crime books that “read like novels.”

Crime Traveller: "The Lazarus Files: Did the LAPD Protect a Love-Sick Homicidal Cop?"

June 12, 2019

Clarence Walker Jr. reviews The Lazarus Files for Crime Traveller.

People Magazine: "An L.A. Cop Killed Her Ex’s Newlywed: How Did She Get Away With It for Decades?"

May 29, 2019

Greg Hanlon reviews The Lazarus Files in People Magazine. 


Los Angeles Times Q&A: "Matthew McGough on how an LAPD officer hid a murder for nearly 30 years"

May 5, 2019

An in-depth Q&A with Stuart Miller of The Los Angeles Times about my new book, The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation.


OC Weekly: "New Book: Do SoCal Police Agencies Protect Their Own Murderers From Justice?"

May 7, 2019

Investigative journalist R. Scott Moxley reviews The Lazarus Files for OC Weekly.

MEL Magazine Q&A with Elon Green

April 2, 2019

An interview with journalist Elon Green for MEL Magazine.

Fordham Law News: "The Truth in Legal Fiction"

January 22, 2019

A Q&A with the magazine of Fordham Law School, my alma mater.


Publishers Weekly review of The Lazarus Files (starred review)

March 21, 2019

Advance Praise for Matthew McGough's THE LAZARUS FILES


The Lazarus Files is crime writing at its finest. Matthew McGough’s deep dive into one of the most controversial cases in Los Angeles history is expertly researched and recreated in exacting and haunting detail. I was riveted.” —Michael Connelly

The Lazarus Files chronicles one of the most fascinating homicide cases in the history of the LAPD. Matthew McGough does a herculean job of research and reporting in order to track down the many serpentine threads in this coldest of cold cases. This is a thrilling story of justice long delayed—but justice finally served.” —Miles Corwin, author of the national bestseller The Killing Season and Los Angeles Times bestseller Homicide Special

“The Lazarus Files is a thorough, comprehensive, and impressive account of the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, and how LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus got away with the crime for more than two decades. Matthew McGough has not only written a singular true crime story, but a careful and damning indictment of systemic failure, one that should reverberate for years to come.” —Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World