It is a perfunctory cats and mouse "fugitive" scenario in a small town BUT the "mouse" is living in "reverse time" and it is handled extremely competently. I'm sure it was an early early early P.K.D. (but not Counter-Clock World) but maybe not. Certainly from the fifties...

  • Can you remember anything about the story except "reverse time" and "small town"? Is the main character a man or a woman? Is the story set in America? In the past, present, or future? Is there a murder in the story? How do you know it was from the fifties? When did you read it?
    – user14111
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 22:40
  • Counter-Clock World was based on a novelette called "Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday" but I guess that's not it either?
    – user14111
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 22:55
  • Boucher's "The Chronokinesis of Jonathan Hull" is a good early reverse-time story, but it's too early (1946, not the fifties), and set in Los Angeles, not a small town, so that's not it.
    – user14111
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 23:35
  • "perfunctory cats and mouse 'fugitive' scenario" must be an important clue. What does it mean?
    – user14111
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 23:37
  • Thanks to all but I don't think we got it. @user14111 the whole thing was like "he dashed around the brick corner whence a bullet ricocheted, etc." I can't remember if the bullet was reversed. I think the protag was male, but maybe...an "allien." It might have been a city...Doesn't sound like P.K.D., but as I said it was competent... j.
    – John Stark
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 21:29

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The story of Benjamin Button comes to mind, but does not have the 'cat and mouse" elements you mention. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Curious_Case_of_Benjamin_Button_(film)

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  • How does that story match the question? Why "Benjamin Button" instead of one of the many other reversed-time stories?
    – user14111
    Commented May 25, 2020 at 22:36
  • By the way, why did you link to the Wikipedia page about the movie, instead of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story? The OP didn't say anything about a movie.
    – user14111
    Commented May 26, 2020 at 0:45

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