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In Hank’s Town

A gripping supernatural crime short story

In Hank's Town: a gripping supernatural crime short story

In Hank’s Town: a gripping supernatural crime short story

Dan is Deputy Sheriff in small town America. He is weary of his superior, Sheriff Hank Callan, a crude, revolting brute. When a young girl goes missing, Dan feels the acute pressure to protect his suspect from the Sheriff’s brutal questioning techniques. Hank’s preferred method seems to be: Place the suspect at the scene of the disappearance – beat a confession out of him – case closed.

But what about these strange lights down by the river? Hank decides to take a closer look when the FBI announce their involvement. The whole town, local media and all, set off to investigate the seemingly supernatural phenomenon …

This crime short story tells a gripping tale of arrogance, abduction and aliens.

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  • Title: In Hank’s Town. A gripping supernatural crime short story
  • Category: Crime short story
  • Author: Patrick Mackeown
  • Copyright: Patrick Mackeown, April 2006
  • First published (eBook): 2 May 2016
  • 2,500 words
  • ASIN: B01F3FDCR4 (Kindle eBook USA)
  • ASIN: B01F3FDCR4 (Kindle eBook UK)



“That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard, boy. You gonna have to do better than that, I’m tellin’ you,” Sheriff Hank Callan said, snorting deeply and expelling a giant globule of phlegm onto the dusty floorboards at our feet.

He examined his damp right hand and wiped the forefinger and thumb together across the dangling mound of his stomach. His sweat-stained, wet, half-open, khaki shirt which stretched over his enormous, pale belly, now had a streak of spittle soaking into it.

“Hell, I don’t even believe he knows what the hell he’s sayin’. You hearin’ me, boy? You know what I’m sayin’? Let’s have a look at him. Shit! I don’t believe this. I’m tellin’ you.”

Patrick Mackeown, April 2006


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