Saginaw, not that you'd know, is a pretty messed up place of rusted industry and abandonment. It's lost about half its population. Even Habitat for Humanity is helping tear it down.
Mike's book is great. I read an early draft. But it won't be on sale for a few weeks.
This isn't even in the book. It's from an email from Mike. But it gives you a good feel:
Last Devil's Night, a few thousand volunteers roamed the city to help prevent Saginaw's residents from burning down these houses. We had numerous cops on overtime. My partner and I were assigned an East Side district and were told to check every abandoned house we could find and make sure the arsonists weren't setting them up to burn (wood piles, gasoline, etc). At one house we opened the door, saw most of the floor missing and said: "Fuck this, let's just do an outside perimeter check." We did and moved on.
Three days later some kids playing in the neighborhood went into the same house and found a woman who had been reported missing the week prior. She had walked inside, fell through the open floor, but her leg caught on a floor beam and it snapped her leg. She hung there, upside down, for God knows how long and died a slow death. She was inside, dead, the night we decided to skip that house. Creepy.