The best praise I can give Shadowrun: Neat is that it reads equally well as a classic detective noir story and as a Shadowrun story, without sacrificing the best parts of either genre. As a fan of old-school detective noir novels who has just recently gotten into Shadowrun, I came away impressed. James Kincaid shines as a Shadowrun incarnation of the Sam Spade archetype, a down-on-his-nonexistent-luck PI who just also happens to be a mage (though of diminished talent). The plot revolves around a kidnapped girl who also happens to have corporate secrets in her headware, and all the trouble, both expected and not, that can bring. Without getting into too many spoilers, suffice it to say the twist is somewhat predictable and slightly overplayed, but it's logical and fits perfectly with the tenor of the story. Characters are generally well-rounded and developed. The only criticism I have is that certain critical details are glossed over or hand-waved, usually in the interest of moving the story along. I'd love to see either a sequel or prequel to address these details, but more importantly, just to join Mr. Kincaid and his associates in another well-written adventure.
[5 of 5 Stars!]