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Inverted detective story
also called a "howcatchem" and has one more synonym

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  1. is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator

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  2. The story then describes the detective's attempt to solve the mystery

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  3. There may also be subsidiary puzzles, such as why the crime was committed, that are cleared up along the way

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  4. This format is the polar opposite of the more typical "whodunit," where all of the details of the crime and the perpetrator are not revealed until the story's climax

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  5. R. Austin Freeman claimed to have invented the inverted detective story in his 1912 collection of short stories The Singing Bone

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