August 7, 2008


 D. Larry Crumbley, KPMG Peat Marwick Endowed Professor in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Businessí Department of Accounting and its Center for Internal Auditing, had his 12th instructional novel, The Big R: A Forensic Accounting Action Adventure, receive a second edition printing last December.

The novel tells the story of Fleet Walker, an internal auditor for the New York Yankees who works with a forensic accountant and an FBI agent to find a group of killers that attack on the anniversaries of Major League Baseball perfect games. In the narrative, Crumbley combines baseball, auditing, fraud, risks, internal auditing and scuba diving to teach the principle of forensic accounting.

Crumbley, a certified public accountant and forensic accountant, believes that students learn more and obtain a deeper understanding of concepts when there is action and reaction as in a novel, case-study or short story. He argues that his scenario principle may be used to reinforce information, enhance writing skills and generate more profound learning. 

Employed by LSU since 1996, Crumbley serves as the editor of the Journal of Forensic Accounting. He received both his masterís and Ph.D. from LSU and received his bachelorís degree from Pfeiffer University. Widely published, his research and teaching interests include corporate and individual taxation, accounting for natural resources, forensic accounting and accounting education. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Society of Louisiana CPA Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

The Center for Internal Auditing at LSUís E. J. Ourso College of Business is a multidisciplinary program with students from over 30 different business and non-business majors that is considered the premier internal audit program in the world. The model for similar programs in other schools and countries, LSUCIA provides training to graduate and undergraduate students for developing an understanding about the internal auditing profession. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6221.


Wendy Osborn Luedtke
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business