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Guilty by Association

(Judah Black #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  600 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Everything’s bigger in Texas…Including the monsters.
When a young werewolf is murdered on the Paint Rock Supernatural Reservation, the local cops think it’s a drug deal gone bad. BSI agent Judah Black knows better. An occult expert, she knows magick is at work from the beginning. Using only her wits, knowledge of the supernatural and her limited magickal abilities, she mus
ebook, 362 pages
Published April 1st 2016
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Christine Bowles
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Kim Harrison, I fully believe you will enjoy Copen's work. Judah Black is an agent for the government working with supernatural beings in a world where they have been made to go public about who they are. Judah has the unfortunate luck of finding a murder victim her first day in town and is subsequently thrown into the deep end of a reservation full of untrusting supernaturals with more issues than you could shake a stick at. And Judah has to work the new open cases with little help ...more
D.R. Perry
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uf-paranormal
I was on the edge of my seat wondering whodunit, how Judah would catch them, and what she'd have to sacrifice in the process. Copen doesn't disappoint. With high stakes, excellent pacing, and unexpected twists, Guilty By Association left me relieved but anxiously awaiting book two in the series. Catch up, the author has book three releasing in February, so there's no time like the present to read this book and the next.
Bargain Book Reviews
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alis-favourites
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a fast-paced, with an intricately woven plot that had me guessing almost to the end. The characters were well-developed and the world was brutal and unique. Judah Black is a great mix of mother and bad-ass and the personal conflict she faces is portrayed wonderfully.
J.D. Cunegan
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three things I love:

1) Kickass ladies;

2) Genre mash-ups; and

3) Stories that start off as one thing and end up being something else entirely.

Guilty by Association, E.A. Copen's debut, checks all three of those boxes. Special Agent Judah Black, new to a middle-of-nowhere stretch of Texas stuffed to the gills with the supernatural, finds herself staring a classic whodunit in the face -- only this time, the victim is a werewolf. Before long, though, the case turns into something much larger than eve
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having just finished E.A. Copen's Guilty by Association, I can only say I'm hungry for more! Copen plunges the reader into the immersive world of Paint Rock, a reservation for supernatural beings that are being kept apart from the rest of society. In comes Judah Black, an agent from the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations, charged with tackling the high crime rate in the area... but Judah suspects the real reason she has been sent to Paint Rock is because she has a habit of stirring up trouble ...more
Marian Sellen
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
For a first novel... this was great! The story moved along nicely and wasn't loaded for word count.
The characters are well thought out and I look forward to getting to know the residents of Paint Rock better in the next novels.
For all Urban Fantasy/Police Drama fans!
Santana Young
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Guilty by Association may be EA Copen's first novel but she's hit the ground running in her writing career. This book is a page-turner and the chapters are the length that I love: just short enough that you can fit one in on a work break, while waiting on someone, etc. but long enough to be full of compelling events.
She had me guessing for most of the book who the true villain was (my guess was totally off). As someone with a BA in Anthropology with a lot of interest in culture, I found this wo
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Either you can run or you can turn and fight. That's not particularly true. There's a third possibility: you stand toe to toe with the threat and, out of either stubbornness or stupidity, you simply refuse to engage."

***ARC received via author in exchange for an honest review***

It's been a while since I read a truly good indie book, especially an adult-targeted once. There were so many good points about this book I don't know where to start. So I'll start listing. The blurb instantly caught my
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review...

And I can honestly say I loved it. EA Copen weaves together an amazing world where supernatural entities are out in the open and nothing about their world falls flat.

The main character is a detective who is sent to a reservation in Texas to help police it. When a werewolf turns up dead, she begins unraveling an interesting web that begins pointing to a whole number of people and sets her down a wild path. Along the way quite a bit of her own hidden past
Katey Beers
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful cover. Found book in back of Dangerous Ways book. From Sweden with love. Strong woman character, smart, complicated, great mother in tough situation. Great great book! Please read it!
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Guilty by Association is E. A. Copen's first book and also the first in a series focusing on a paranormal regulatory/investigative agent named Judah in a world where supernatural creatures are out in the open. She works for a government agency called the BSI, and I do not remember what that stands for, but they handle all issues relating to vampires, werewolves, and fae, and probably some other creatures we haven't encountered yet. Judah
Kimberley Shead
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guilty by Association is the first in a series introducing a strong female protagonist named Judah Black. The story is set in Paint Rock, a hostile setting where supernaturals have come out and they have been segregated by the government on Paint Rock Supernatural Reservation.
Judah is new to town and works for the BSI (the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation). No one appreciates her being in Paint Rock, neither the Police or the residence. When she digs deeper into the murder of a werewolf to f
Bookish Addict
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic supernatural crime novel started with a murder that leads to a more serious mystery of supernatural children being kidnapped. There's an amazing plot and in depth character development. It's like I was reading a supernatural suspense horror movie. The world building is intricate and the story engaging. I couldn't put the book down because I had to know what happens next with Judah's investigation. I'm a big chicken and don't like watching or reading scary, so the fact that I stayed u ...more
Michelle Willms
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inventive and engrossing supernatural thriller

Well-written supernatural thriller that includes a nation of newly declared supernatural creatures fighting for equal rights in a bigoted world. With many supernatural brings forced to live on reservations, and required to apply for permission to marry, and to breed, as well as to do most anything else, hostilities against government officials run high. Then, there are strange murders and kidnappings. Judah Black hopes to be able to solve the case be
William Howe
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid writing

While the bad guy was obvious as soon as he appeared on screen, his motivations and true identity are only hinted at until late in the novel...just the way it should be. Good characters and plenty of mystery.

A few moments of proofreading errors. Nothing terrible.

The fight scenes were a bit odd, especially the final fight. Again, not terrible.

I am going to buy the next book right now. The best recommendation is that I am going to spend money.
C.H. Knyght
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Judah Black. Cool character name.

New author of urban fantasy. Has a bit of a Supernatural/patricia briggs. feel to it. Decent first book in a series. I felt it could’ve used some fleshing out here and there, particularly interactions between Judah and her son. Nevertheless, i’m curious to learn more of Judah’s past and find out what is lurking in her future. Loved the cover art.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other
Kindle Unlimited. Paranormal investigative agent named Judah, working for a government agency BSI {Bureau of Supernatural Investigations}. Reminds me of a little darker Special Unit 2, which was one of my favorite shows when it was on. I don't do synopsis; read the books.

Guilty by Association (Judah Black Novels Book 1)
Blood Debt (Judah Black Novels Book 2)
Chasing Ghosts (Judah Black Novels Book 3)
The Judah Black Novels: Boxed Set of books 1-3
Brenda Macleveen
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically well written. Strong, clever female protagonist. New use of magic I haven't seen before. A great new setting, as well as both the touch on the cultural issues in that world/people, and the supernatural. Judah is a complex character handling an even more complex life with a government job, but it dealing with the preternatural, being a mom, and living on a thin budget. It's hard hitting, resonating, and more. Wonderful story telling.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even put into words how much I loved this one. It had everything I love in a Urban Fantasy book and then some. Strong, well-developed characters, fast-paced action, a well-written mystery that I didn't figure out in the middle of the book, and supes everywhere. I am hooked and I can't wait to read the next one!
Stephanie Bolen
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reminds me of Moon Called

Judah is not so bright, but she makes up for it by sheer stubborn unkillability. The big bad is obvious and the loose ends slightly maddening. However, pacing is slick; the world is good; characters are unique and interesting; plot is solid; and the writing is above average. I'd buy the second one.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paranormal action to the max

Copen has written a story that picks you up like a whirlwind that has so much action it will leave you breathless. Follow Judah Black, a paranormal detective, and her son Hunter as they move to a reservation in Paint Rock, Texas where nearly all the residents are some type of paranormal. Cracking good start to this series.
Nykkesha Seth
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kindle-books
I'm mad! Mad that the book was so good, that when I finished,I wanted more! E.A. Copen, omg, You out did yourself! I knew, when you told me about this book at Awesome Con, that it was a must read. This book makes you really connect with the characters and feel as if you were with them, going through all the trails and tribulations. Part 2, here I come!!
Shannon Risdon
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One hell of a ride...

...that you can't get off...and frankly don't want to! This is an amazing story, with some fantastic characters, both good and bad. Werewolves, wendigos, fae, and a whole lot more. I couldn't put it down, which certainly meant working was difficult lol but this is certainly a series that will become addictive....roll on the next adventure
Joe Jackson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's like Anita Blake without the porn...

Fantastic supernatural urban fantasy. If you like sharp women leads with werewolves, vampires, and more, look no farther. Judah Black delivers and the supporting cast is great as well.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great PNR/UF read. The storyline is well-written with mystery, intrigue and supernatural characters that are defined, interesting, and engaging. I loved it. I voluntarily read a gifted copy and this is my honest review.
Shelly Kinslow
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Urban fantasy at it's best. Gritty and intelligent, with just a bit of naivete, Judah is a wonderful protagonist- and the supporting cast? Love them all. (Except the ones I'm supposed to hate, of course) Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Read

Fascinating world, great storyline with adventure, action, secrets, mystery, and danger. The characters keep the reader interested and have a complex yet elementary makeup. Well written, smart, and draws you in.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Im not normally Interested in thrillers but this series is really good and keeps your attention and makes sure you read until very end to see what happens next great author she did a great series
Denice Patterson
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Guilty By Association

Wow, what a ride, is Judah Black one badass or what. Amazing and interesting cast of characters. Judah sure had it hard in order to make new friends. A a really evil nemesis in this book. I can't wait for the next!
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Judah Black (6 books)
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