If this is the quality of product we can expect this year from Catalyst, then 2012 is Shadowruns' year (as it should be). The last month has seen a wide array of titles released (all with a different focus) for the line, and this is the first novel/game tie-in I've read for SR20.
The design is very simple. You recvieve a fifteen page novel, with appendices covering the stats of the main characters, NPCs, equipment, spells and vehicles. If you want to incorporate the material into your game it couldn't be easier. The story is well-written, actually better than some of the older SR novels published by FASA and leaves the story on a cliff-hanger. To be honest, I'd love to see this developed out to a full-length novel. I shan't spoil the plot for readers beyond mentioning that it is a good treatment of vampires in Shadowrun and gives a great 'jumping off' point for a campaign (although I did like that the author managed a Lord of the Rings reference in a vampire novel).
The only low point was the character art - it is a type of quasi-photography which I found incredibly unappealing. The rest of the art was the same quality as the SR4 core book; which I've found quite pleasing.
The title is perfectly priced, and I'd have no problem in recommending to any Shadowrun fan, player or Gamesmaster alike.
[4 of 5 Stars!]