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James “Jimmy” Keene is a well-known acclaimed American author, businessman, writer, creator, and multiple award winning television and film  producer with an unforgettable story of bravery and absolution. Keene is a former high school and college sports star who started a lucrative marijuana business at thirteen years old and built it secretly for many years. After his arrest in 1996, he agreed to work as an FBI operative in a maximum-security prison to keep a deadly serial killer locked behind bars. His heroic efforts to gain vital confessions earned Keene a clean record and a fresh start—a gift he has never taken lightly. Keene told his story to every major news network and appeared in specials for Dateline and CNN, and numerous shows, magazine and articles.

His book In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption was adapted in 2022 as a highly acclaimed Apple TV+ miniseries starring Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser. Find out more about his one-of-a-kind story in his books, including his latest memoir, The Chicago Phoenix: Jimmy Keene’s Untold Story.

The Chicago Phoenix

Jimmy Keene has been secretly running a dangerous marijuana business since he was thirteen years old and has survived shootouts, brawls, robberies, and even a heist or two. He believes he has it all until his business lands him in prison. The FBI offers Jimmy a one-of-a-kind deal for redemption, but once Jimmy clears his name, he’s left with nothing but the memory of his former financial success and a determination to mend his past mistakes. This thrilling follow-up to Black Bird details Jimmy Keene’s early life, relates his action-packed time in the drug business, shares stunning information about his mission to absolve his past, and recounts his rise from the ashes to rebuild a better life and forge his own path all the way to Hollywood.

Black Bird

Don’t miss this exciting true story behind the Apple TV+ miniseries! Get the full account in hair-raising detail about Keene’s dangerous mission to infiltrate Larry Hall’s trust and survive in a precarious high-stakes environment. Available in print or audio format.

In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption

Keene’s stunning first release is the book that brought his thrilling tale of heroism to the nation’s attention. Presented with a dangerous mission, Jimmy Keene risked it all to enter a maximum-security prison as an FBI operative tasked with keeping a deadly man locked up forever. Available in print or audio format.



Emmy Awards 2023

Congratulations to Jimmy Keene for the Apple Tv+ series Black Bird, based on Keene’s autobiographical novel, receiving four Emmy nominations and two Emmy awards! The true crime drama featured the talents of Paul Walter Hauser, who portrayed serial killer Larry Hall, earning him an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor. Co-star Ray Liotta, who passed away in May of 2022, was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor as “Big Jim Keene.” Leading man Taron Egerton starred as Jimmy Keene and was a contender for the winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. The series secured a second Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography.

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Golden Globes 2023

Congratulations to Paul Walter Hauser for his 2023 Golden Globe Award and Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in Jimmy Keene’s life story, a Television Limited Series in Black Bird on Apple TV+!

Congratulations to Jimmy Keene for Apple TV+, Taron Egerton, and the cast and production team of Black Bird for two additional Golden Globe Nominations, including Best Television Limited Series and Best Actor in a Television Limited Series!

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Best True Crime Series 2022

Congratulations to AppleTV+ for Best True Crime Series 2022!

“The year was filthy with true-crime adaptations, and Apple TV+ drama Black Bird stood out above the rest of the based-on-a-true-story TV tales — Tomatometer-wise, that is.” – Rotten Tomatoes