Pegasus Books has sold paperback rights to Swedish international bestseller Camilla Lackberg’s first three books to Simon & Schuster. S&S’s Free Press and Pocket Books imprints acquired trade paperback and mass market rights to The Ice Princess and Lackberg’s next two books, The Preacher and The Stonecutter. Pegasus released Princess, a bestseller across Europe, in June (and Lackberg was featured in the June 28 PW). The two paperback editions will be released simultaneously by S&S next April. Free Press senior editor Wylie O’Sullivan and Pocket Books v-p and deputy publisher Anthony Ziccardi acquired the titles in a deal negotiated by Noah Lukeman, president of Lukeman Literary Management.

Lackberg’s psychological thrillers have sold 3 million copies in Sweden and there are more than 7 million copies in print worldwide. Her books have been #1 in France, Spain, Italy, and all of Scandinavia.